In a recent study conducted by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), road transportation emissions account for around 53,000 premature deaths per year.
“Air Pollution and Early Deaths in the United States,” took a look at premature deaths in the U.S. caused by changes in concentrations of fine particulate matter measuring 2.5 micrometers. The researchers found that those changes were responsible for 200,000 premature deaths in the U.S. with roughly 25 percent of them caused by road emissions.
The study groups emissions sources into six categories: electric power generation, industry, commercial and residential sectors, road transportation, marine transportation, and rail transportation. Road transportation emissions deaths were ahead of electric power generation emissions (52,000 deaths annually) and industry (41,000).
No surprise here, California was the worst state with air pollution, with about 21,000 premature deaths annually mostly attributed to road transportation and commercial and residential emissions.
“The results are indicative of the extent to which policy measures could be undertaken in order to mitigate the impact of specific emissions from different sectors – in particular black carbon emissions from road transportation and sulfur dioxide emissions from power generation,” the study said.
[Source: Car Advice]